IRVINE, California, August 16, 2011 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Marshell Montgomery as Chief Compliance Officer at Sunwest Bank in Irvine, California.

“Marshell has a distinctive and well-rounded banking background in operations, IT and compliance that made her an outstanding candidate. She has many years of compliance experience with proven results. Sunwest now has a strong leader in the compliance sector that understands and can function in other key departments, which will prove to be fundamental as Sunwest moves forward,” commented Rod McDermott, Managing Partner at McDermott & Bull who conducts the firm’s banking searches.

Before joining Sunwest Bank, Ms. Montgomery was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at CommerceWest Bank in Irvine, California. Prior to CommerceWest Bank, Ms. Montgomery held the position of Senior Vice President and Director of Compliance at Vineyard Bank in Corona, California. She has also held a variety of banking leadership positions at organizations such at Inland Empire National Bank, Southern California Bank and National Bank of Southern California.

About Sunwest Bank

Sunwest Bank ( headquartered in Irvine, California, is the premier small and middle market business bank in Southern California. Their aim is simple- provide entrepreneurs with a banking experience akin to one found in a private banking environment. All facets of their institution, from their product offerings to their service teams, and from their banking locations to their streamlined lending process, are designed to help move their client’s businesses forward. Sunwest Bank’s loyal customer base, which includes some of the most well-known and highly respected companies in the region, has grown due to their value-added approach to business banking.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Technology, Financial Services, Energy, Manufacturing, Bio-Tech and Life Science, Retail, the Building Industry, Professional Services, and others. Founded by Rodney McDermott and Christopher Bull, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical senior level talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull works with a large number of prestigious clients including Allergan, Advanced Medical Optics, Black & Decker, Harbor Freight Tools, Boeing, Aramark, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Conexant, Google, Invitrogen, Meggitt PLC, J.F. Shea, Comerica Bank, and Union Bank.